So now we have a great start on our new song. I don’t know about you, but for my taste, this song is sounding a little bit too fast. Let’s try and change the speed (tempo) of the song! In the top righthand corner of your screen you’ll see a picture of a small wrench that maybe you’ve seen in your Dad’s toolbox at home. We use a wrench to “adjust” things around the house but here, in Garageband, we use a wrench to adjust the “Settings” of our song. Tap on the “Settings” button.
Now you’ll notice there’s a new Menu of options for us to choose from. For now, we’re only going to talk about the “Tempo” or speed of our song. You should notice that in my window, the Tempo is set to “110“. What do you think “110” means? It’s referring to BPM or Beats Per Minute. Normally, our clocks go “tick tock” at 60 BPM because . . . you guessed it . . . there are 60 seconds in one minute. In music, we use the same standard measurement so when a song is set to 120 BPM its actually going “tick tock” only its two times faster than a regular clock that hangs on your wall. Interesting stuff and you can have more fun learning about “time and tempo” from your math teacher!
Okay, so let’s go ahead and tap on the word “Tempo” in the white Settings Menu.
First thing you’ll notice is that you get a new window that appears. For now, we’re only going to talk about the button on the right side of the window that says “110”. Yours probably says either 110 or 120 right now. Not to worry, we’re going to change that next.
Place your finger on the “down arrow” to make the Tempo slower or on the “up arrow” to make it faster. Just so that we’re all using the same Tempo, adjust your settings now so that the Tempo is 95 BPM.
Now our Tempo is set to 95BPM. Tap on the Regions section of your screen and the Settings Popup Menu will disappear.
Creating Your First Song ~ Part Four . . . coming soon!Creating Your First Song ~ Part One Creating Your First Song ~ Part Two